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for printing, was invented in China (c.1040), using woodblocks. Related devices, such as seals and stamps for making impressions in clay, had been used in ancient times in Babylon and elsewhere.
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(also cursive; see [2] below).

(1) A type style characterized by a slant to the right that is similar to that of handwriting; it is intended to emphasize parts of a text. Italics may be lightface or semibold. A word to be set in italic type is underlined with a wavy line. [This is the Soviet and European convention; in the USA a straight line is used.] This sentence is set in italic type.

(2) The cursive script of Latin and Greek writing, which arose as a result of the desire for speed and convenience of writing without lifting the pen; from this came letters that slope to the right and are joined in a single, continuous motion. The oldest cursive writing dates to the first or second century A.D.; it was widely used, beginning in the ninth century, in Greek and Byzantine writing for formal, diplomatic, and commercial correspondence.

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the Romanization of French reading habits and, as one of its effects in the centuries to follow, the `Francisation' of European type design (as far as Roman, Italic, Greek, and Hebrew typefaces are concerned)" (p.
Use italics when referring to a letter or word and when using words in a foreign language.
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Such a binomial system for species names would also have the advantage of clearly distinguishing between the species name written in italics (Measles morbillivirus) and the common, nonitalicized virus name, measles virus.
In spite of the existence of various privileges obtained from the Venetian Republic and from the papacy in Rome covering both the editions and their new cancellaresca-style type, at least three printing houses had italic type and were printing the very same, or the same sort of octavo editions of classical texts without commentary by the end of 1503.
Reconstructed Iranian forms or transliterated cuneiform names are somettimes italicized when they are quoted from works that set them in italics.
As an ex-teacher in this city, I was aware that the italics are, in fact, highlighted revisions of the document and that I had only 15 days to contest it.
Ironically, O'Meally concerns himself with the Narrative's sermonic quality and its relation to the black church while overlooking the fact that slave songs were "a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains" (Douglass 58; italics mine).
The merging of Walker's dedicated, often brilliant reporting (the chapters on Lewis' early years are especially rewarding) and Lewis' own notes, printed in bold italics, had to have made the book a tough editing job.
lively' was a word of which Golding was especially fond, and it is probable that Shakespeare is also thinking of the translator's discussion of literature in the Preface to his work, where he states at one point that `The Authors purpose is too paint and set before our eyes / The lyvely Image' of his subject (151-2; italics mine).
In the first section, for example, entitled "The Mother's Mark," the opening italicized passage establishes Awkward's preference for situating literary and/or cultural commentary in italics, thus forcing the reader to wonder whether Awkward is (or isn't) breaking with the convention of using italics for one's most intimate thoughts.
Stack of Diaries, 1993, consists of a black and white photo (really a kind of photo-painting) of a stack of diary books; in front of this putative inventory of the written self has been placed a multileveled metal stand that holds stacked glass panels, with black-lettered text-fragments rendered in subtly distinct styles (bold script, italics, etc.